Many farms 'severely dry'

Niwa drought index map

6:58 AM  South Canterbury dry land dairy farmers are prepared for a difficult season figures suggest the region has dried out.

Prices give lift in confidence

STAYING POSITIVE: Waikato Federal Farmers president Chris Lewis says conditions, apart from dairy prices, at his farm are positive.

The slight lift in dairy prices in the latest GDT auction has offered a glimmer of hope for farmers.

Deadline hangs over dam

The site of proposed Ruataniwha dam.

The $275 million Ruataniwha dam project is in danger of running out of time, after last week's High Court setback.

Wool bales stolen from farms

Wool, Invercargill

A human ''wolf'' has targeted sheep’s clothing, with 35 wool bales missing from two Akaroa farms.

$40k fine for farmers

Farmer on a quad bike.

A Marlborough farming couple has been fined $40,000 for not wearing helmets while riding their quad bikes.

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opinion

Heavy-handed approach

Federated Farmers Waikato president Chris Lewis.

OPINION: A "cock up" in the prosecution of South Waikato farmer Bas Nelis paints the Waikato Regional Council in a terrible light.

Last chance for tarnished silver

OPINION: Silver Fern Farms' deal with Goldman Sachs is marred by its weak position, but the co-op has got to do something.

Still money in small farms

Farm cadet scheme needed

dairy

Dairy bounce-back tipped video

New Zealand Flag.

Dairy pricesslide to 5-year low but could rebound quickly due to a drop in production.

NZ's dairy herd gets bigger

New Zealand's dairy cattle numbers at an all-time high and closing in on seven million.

FACTORY GROWING JOBS: Yashili's $210 million infant milk formula plant in Pokeno will be commissioned next year.

Factory's flow-on effect

Waikato saw four major dairy factory builds or upgrades in 2014, and the flow-on effects are still coming,

beef

Prestige farming passion

Wairarapa farmers Matt and Lynley Wyeth inspired more than 200 Taranaki sheep farmers at Beef+ Lamb NZ’s inaugural Big Dine In in Stratford.

Enthusiastic Wairarapa farmers Matt and Lynley Wyeth are putting the beef and sheep industry in the spotlight.

Foreign investment fuels growth

OPINION: Greater transparency on overseas investment would help inform the debate around it.

Mark Fagan in the cattle yards. The cattle are so quiet they come to his call.

Living and loving life

In the deepest darkest area of King Country, Mark Fagan has discovered and farms a slice of paradise.

Sheep

Wool bales stolen from farms

Wool, Invercargill

A human ''wolf'' has targeted sheep’s clothing, with 35 wool bales missing from two Akaroa farms.

Prestige farming passion

Enthusiastic Wairarapa farmers Matt and Lynley Wyeth are putting the beef and sheep industry in the spotlight.

Bound for market: will Asian middle classes will buy our services?

Traditional breeds the mainstay

Claims that exotic breeds have saved the sheep industry are exaggerated.

cropping

Mood Indigo to lift crops

A fresh crop of garlic

CropLogic buys monitoring company to better help farmers predict and maximise crop yields.

Food bargains abound

Tomatoes are at their lowest prices for 12 years, while prices also fell for many other items.

FAMILY AFFAIR: Ariana Holland, 16, top right and her sisters Maddi, 14 and Kyla, 11 at their parents business Tasman Bay Berries.

A berry Christmas hoped for

Berry growers are hopeful for a good season, and say all going well there should be plenty of berries available for Christmas dinners.

agribusiness

Many farms 'severely dry'

Niwa drought index.

6:58 AM  South Canterbury dry land dairy farmers are prepared for a difficult season figures suggest the region has dried out.

Higher kiwifruit returns seen

Zespri forecasts show growers are expected to earn their highest per tray prices since 2003.

The site of proposed Ruataniwha dam.

Deadline hangs over dam

The $275 million Ruataniwha dam project is in danger of running out of time, after last week's High Court setback.

Discovery

Zeroing in on low-N plants

Eighteen plant species were selected for nitrification trials.

Could plants be used to reduce nitrification rates in soils and hence reduce nitrate leaching and emissions of nitrous oxide?

'I could feel it coming'

Jackie Te Rangi vividly remembers the week in 1974 when her late father went from being a healthy fit man to being an extremely sick man in need of dialysis.

Forage rape is swathed for the collection of seed.

Methane cut link explored

Could forage rape hold the key to understanding what and how to feed animals to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions?

rural women

Links with women strengthened

Alliance director Dawn Sangster at the Lorneville meat plant in Invercargill.

Alliance meat processor sees women as key on-farm decision-makers and wants to improve their understanding of the co-operative.

Rural mum turns entrepreneur

Southland farmer's wife and mother Melanie McKenzie spends her downtime working.

CHALLENGED: Agri-Women’s Development Trust escalator programme graduate Andrea Murray, of New Plymouth.

Helping with leadership

A desire to help other women reach their potential motivates a vet to join a programme to develop her leadership skills.

Video

NZ hovercraft saves reindeer

For a deer trapped on thin ice on a remote Canadian lake, rescue came in an unlikely form.

advice

20+ tips for hatching chicks

Breeding your own chicks can be a hands-on job, or the right mother hen will take care of things for you.

There are pros and cons to having broody hens do the work of incubation for you, even though their aim in life is to hatch out chicks.

Don't give up

I've made no secret that my school days weren't my glory years.

The worst fence in the world according to the Fencing Contractors Association of NZ on the Southland lifestyle block of Annette Tuffery. This main fenceline should have posts in a perfect row to give the fence strength.

5 ways to avoid a bad fencing job

There’s one really easy way to know if a fence is well built: a good fence is one you don’t notice.

aquaculture

Voyage from frozen to fresh

MISSION: Sanford’s chief executive, Volker Kuntzsch, wants to add traceability to the fresh fish market.

It sounds counter-intuitive but New Zealand's biggest seafood company is realising that adding value to fish is simple.

Baby snapper 'not good look'

They're legal but should baby snapper be the fare of international fish markets?

Greenshell Mussel processing at Kono Seafoods in Blenheim

Asia 'can't get enough of our mussels'

New Zealand greenshell mussels are proving a hit in emerging Asian economies and fuelling export growth, Aquaculture New Zealand chief executive Gary Hooper says.

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